Democratic Activist and LGBTQ+ Pioneer Holly Ryan Endorses Alexandra Chandler for Congress

Haverhill, Mass. - Alexandra Chandler has been endorsed in her run for Massachusetts’ 3rd Congressional District by Holly Ryan, a pioneer in the civil rights movement for LGBTQ+ people.

Ryan was one of the leaders responsible for introducing the first transgender civil rights bill in Massachusetts over twelve years ago, was the first co-chair of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, and was behind the effort to get trans people dedicated seats as members of the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee. Ryan is the liaison for LGBTQ+ communities to the Mayor of Newton, and is the Vice-Chair of the Newton Democratic City Committee. She was also a major force behind the effort to get add-on delegates from the LGBTQ+ community to the Massachusetts Democratic Convention.

“Every time I have seen Alexandra Chandler speak, she has totally impressed me and everyone in the room with her knowledge of the issues, particularly with her knowledge of national security and intelligence matters, as well as her commitment to the bread and butter issues of ordinary families.” Ryan said.

“I especially admire Alexandra's patriotism and the way she stepped forward to protect our nation after 9/11. I am proud to work for her election.” Ryan added.

Holly Ryan has a track record of picking winners. She worked on the first political campaigns of Attorney General Maura Healey, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Congressman Joe Kennedy.

Alexandra Chandler welcomed Ryan’s endorsement.

“I am honored to have Holly Ryan’s support in my run for Congress. Holly has been a trailblazer and a fearless champion for the full inclusion of transgender people and all LGBTQ+ people in the political process. She has worked across divisions and against the odds to make progress for equality, and has always centered the kitchen-table issues of all working class and middle class people in her political work. Holly’s example will guide me as I pursue opportunity, dignity, security, and equality for all the people of the 3rd District in Congress, of every identity and background.”